Sahil Lavingia’s “Gumroad”. Your Social Marketplace.

On a number of sites like Fast Company, Gumroad is being billed as the next Pinterest. I tend to think of it more like Etsy goes social. Etsy + Twitter = Social Selling. Etsy + Facebook = Social Marketplace. I think you get the picture.

The concept is quite brilliant and very simple. You make stuff, Gumroad gives you a short link to your product, you Tweet, or post on Facebook, the link takes your friends and followers to the item for sale.

Developed by 17 year old Sahil Lavingia, (yes you read that right 17 years old) Gumroad is Lavingia’s latest venture after helping to design Pinterest. The idea came to him after he had drawn a photo realistic pencil in Photoshop and couldn’t find a quick, easy, and affordable way to sell it to other designers online.Gumroad’s slogan is “Sell anything you can share,” and it’s quite fitting.


Journal Bandolier.

I work on a computer every day of the week. I use it to create my design work, and even though I started my career before the Macintosh changed everything; I doubt I could go back to a non computer world. Now with that said, I still draw every single day. Putting pencil or pen to paper is an integral part of the creative experience. It keeps my creative juices flowing, and it keeps my eye fresh. I have a small sketch book in my camera/computer bag that I use frequently to jot down notes, sketch out ideas, and to simply draw in. For some reason one thing that happens is, the pens and pencils I use always end up on the bottom of the bag instead of in their respective pockets. Until now that is. This morning I found a journal binder, pencil holder on Etsy that might take care of the loose pencil problem.

Bandolier [jour.nal n.] is a strap fitted with small loops for carrying pens, pencils, and other handy tools that can be wrapped around a journal, planner, or other book. Bandolier is handmade using reclaimed rubber and elastic. The strap is 2 inches wide and has 7 loops for pencils, and other writing implements. Because each Bandolier is handmade, you can request custom sizes and loop counts. Bandolier is designed to fit easily around books that run a little over 5 inches wide like the Moleskine 5.52×8.25 inch journal or a journal of a similar size.

Modern for the Birds.

Now that I am landscaping the yard, I was thinking I should get a bird feeder to attract more songbirds to the yard. The thing is though, most bird feeders are either ugly as all get out, or designed to mimic a traditional house. I started digging around on the web, and I found these on Etsy. Hand made metal modern bird feeders by Joe Papendick.

These modern bird feeders art sculpture for the garden. Each feeder is hand-crafted with meticulous attention to detail. The feeders are made from stainless steel, bent and welded, then enameled. The price is right as well. These cost less than 100 bucks, and shipping is 10.

you can buy Joe’s bird feeders on his Etsy site, here.

How Cool Is This? Way Cool. South African Cement Laptop Bag

I’m digging this Etsy find by Wren. Partly because I was in South Africa earlier this year, and I would have used this bag to help haul camera gear for sure. But, beyond my South Africa experience, This bag scores points for cool design, and the fact that it is made from paper cement bags.

The bags are available for $82.00 dollars on the designers Etsy site.